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The 10 Best Day Trips from London

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London is one of my favourite cities in the world and will likely steal your heart too, but if you have any more than three days in the city, take the opportunity to get out of London and see more of the UK (and further afield) as there are some great day trips to take from London. Here are the 10 best day trips from London to inspire your trip!

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#1 Bath, Windsor Castle & Stone Henge

A day visit to Bath, Windsor Castle & Stone Henge is the most popular day trip to take from London. Sure, its a long day, but it is entirely worth it to pack so much into one day. Should you wish to spend more time in Bath and skip the others, this is also a really great day trip from London and can be done on your own by train (1.5 hours one way).

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#2 Oxford, Blenheim Palace & Woodstock

Another very popular day trip from London is to visit nearby Oxford University City (1.5 hours one way). If you make it out for a day visit, you’ll have plenty to fit in as there are a handful of free universities and some paid that cannot be missed (particularly Christ Church for Harry Potter fans!) If you allow time for a few hours to visit Blenheim Palace just 20 minutes up the road by bus, be sure to take the time to also drop into Woodstock, a small town right next door. Buses are frequent (usually every 20 minutes) and inexpensive (6 pounds return Oxford-Blenheim Palace).

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#3 Paris

It is also entirely possible to leave England and visit another country entirely! Paris is just a little over 2 hours away by Eurostar, making it another one of London’s most popular day trips. Sure, this isn’t anywhere near long enough in Paris (you’ll need 3-4 days to see and do everything), but if its your only chance don’t miss it!

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#4 The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are slightly less known to international visitors, but Brits will be quick to tell you just how beautiful they are! Because you really need a car to get around the Cotswolds and see all the different little villages, the best way to visit this area is to catch an early train from London and book a full day tour of the Cotswolds in advance, including morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

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#5 Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour

If you’re a Harry Potter fan or a poor ol’ muggle that has been dragged along with one (there’s something wrong with you if you don’t like Harry Potter but hey, we won’t hold it against you), then you absolutely must make your way out to the studio tour which shows you EVERYTHING about the films and how they were made. Its the ultimate experience for fans of the films and is just a short drive outside of London (book the Warner Bros bus to play it safe).

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#6 Cambridge University Town

While Oxford was the first university town, Cambridge is equally if not more beautiful (depending who you ask of course, the inter-college rivalry is well and truly alive!) Cambridge is, like Oxford, a 1.5 hour drive from London with many buses and trains departing frequently.

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#7 Downton Abbey Locations

For fans of the hit tv series Downton Abbey, you’ll be delighted to learn there are Downton Abbey day tours departing London to fulfill your love for the show.

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#8 Brighton & Brighton Beach 

In just under an hour by train you can reach the blissful beachy town of Brighton, a favourite for visitors to London and Londoners themselves! It is a large thriving city with much to offer visitors, but is also home to many locals unlike other popular beachy towns that exist only for tourism. A day in Brighton is best enjoyed in summer as the winter can be quite cold and grey (not unlike London though!)

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#9 Edinburgh & Edinburgh Castle

Fancy seeing a bit more of the UK beyond England!? If you don’t mind a quick flight (just over an hour) in the morning and back again at the end of the day, then there’s one city that flies still somewhat under the radar in the UK but is SO worth visiting it isn’t even describable. That’s Edinburgh, pictured above.

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#10 Bristol 

If cities are your thing and you’re interested in seeing another city in England, then head over to Bristol as this is just 2 hours by train or to drive. Bristol is also another popular city to visit combined with Bath, as the two are a mere 30 minutes drive away from one another.

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    Adem
    March 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Great pictures and tips. Thank you

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    Veenita
    January 13, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Excellent list-i have enjoyed most of what is on the list. cotswold visit tops it all.

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    November 26, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Wow ! wonderful blog post about ten days london trips and these photography looking so nice and very stunning it’s also helpful information all of us so thanks a lot for sharing this.

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    Scarlett
    November 21, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Would you know how to get to Cotswolds without having to pay private tours?

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    Kathleen Melvin
    October 3, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I spent my summer in London and Bristol was one of my favorite cities. It’s a city that has the best of both worlds, the countryside and city life (with a great Reggaeton club, if you like dancing). Bristol is absolutely beautiful. It is known for their hot air balloons, so when the sun is setting look up in the sky to find several hot air balloons.

    Brighton is also a gorgeous town. With unique boutiques and shops, and a great strip of sand bars during the summer.

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    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    October 2, 2015 at 5:58 am

    I visited Oxford in June and loved it! I’d like to visit Cambridge and Bath as well. I’m glad you included the Cotswolds as well (I’d never heard of them before, so thanks for mentioning them!).
    -Claire
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    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    September 30, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I travel to London often but rarely have the opportunity to travel outside of the city. Thanks for this great collection of day trips. Cambridge is next on my list.

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    Cheryl
    September 30, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    I visit the UK every year, but some of the mentioned places I haven’t been yet. Will definitely keep this list handy

    Xx
    Cheryl

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    Maddy @ Travel Alphas
    September 30, 2015 at 9:46 am

    These are some lovely suggestions! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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    Feet Meet World
    September 30, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Obviously as someone who lives in Oxford, I am partial to that beautiful city. I also grew up near Bath and Bristol so love that they’ve made it on the list! Not surprised that the Harry Potter Studios is on there 🙂

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  • gemma-carey@hotmail.co.uk'
    Gemma Carey
    September 30, 2015 at 12:40 am

    I’m glad you included Bristol because I’m from there but moved to London a couple years ago. I do miss it!

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    Laura Mareno
    September 30, 2015 at 12:13 am

    OMG I obviously want to go to the Harry Potter Studios!! And Brighton looks so beautiful! great post!:D

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    Izzy Matias
    September 30, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Oxford <3 <3
    Your post triggered so many happy memories! 🙂 I've been to 4 places in this list and they're awesome 😀 I got lost in a mountain in Bristol. Good times, good times! =))

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    GIULIA
    September 29, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    WOW

    I ALWAYS LOVE THE POST ABOUT LONDON

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS

    LONDON IS PROBABLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY IN THE WORLD

    have a nice day

    Giuliaxx

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    Rachel
    September 29, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I love Brighton – it’s one of my favourite places to go in England! Loved this post

    Rachel xx

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    Claudia
    September 29, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    There is so much to add to this list. I would actually even write down Mersey Island, in Essex. Lovely location, nice to walk along the beach and there is lots of delicious seafood to enjoy!

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    Kerstin
    September 29, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Absolutely love this! I’ve been on a day-tip to Brighton and the HP Studies when I last visited London and it was fantastic 🙂 Will check out the other places next 🙂

    Love, Kerstin

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    LisaLDN
    September 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I absolutely love London, but it is nice to get away some times 🙂 I would also suggest to spend a day at Hampton Court, absolutely beautiful!

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    Jana
    September 29, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Although it’s a great list, I’d also include Salisbury, Stonehenge, Portsmouth or Stratford-upon-Avon for Shakespeare lovers 🙂

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    Alexandra | My Vacation Fixation
    September 29, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for the comprehensive list! I’m definitely keen to do all these day trips while I’m in London next. Looks like I’ll be visiting for over a month at this stage haha!

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    September 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Ironically the only time I have visited London is on a day trip there from visiting my family in Chester!

    It was definitely not long enough and I’m excited to be going back for NYE this year.

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    Stef
    September 29, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I really loved Oxford. And the next time in England, I absolutely want to get to know Cambridge and Bath as I heard a lot of positive things about those places.

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    September 29, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I want to travel in Europe… It’s crazy, I’ve seen more in New Zealand than in my own country!

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    Eponine
    September 29, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Yaay I was praying to see Bristol on this list !! I’ve been to a lot of the places mentionned, and I must say that’s a great bucket list ! Really cool post as always 🙂

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    Kieran
    September 29, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Apologies for being pedantic, but it’s ‘Stonehenge’ rather than ‘Stone Henge’ 🙂

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    Wannderful
    September 29, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I adore London! There’s so much to see and so much to do. Thanks for your article!